Castle Tioram

[Approaching Castle Tioram from the causeway]

Castle Tioram is undoubtedly one of Scotland's special castles despite a particularly frustrating recent history. The name (which is pronounced cheerum) translates as dry castle - appropriate since the building sits on a island linked to mainland Moidart by a narrow causeway that floods at each high tide. Probably originally a stronghold of Clan MacRuari, parts of the pentagonal ruin date back to the 1200's despite numerous subsequent alterations. At first glance it seems to have withstood the tests of west coast weather fairly well. However, its current biggest threat is manmade. A long disagreement between the owners (who want to modernise the castle) and Historic Environment Scotland (which has refused permission) has resulted in a standoff during which the interior has become increasingly unstable, with access inside now blocked off. Nevertheless the exterior more than warrants a visit, coupled with an intensely beautiful setting amidst Loch Moidart, its scattered islands and the spectacular Silver WalkUrquhart Castle has nothing on this.

[View of the castle from The Silver Walk]

Name: Castle Tioram ★★★☆
Location: Minor road end 3 miles north of Acharacle, G.R.: NM 662724 / mothering miracles keep
Open: Always (exterior only), but access causeway (just) floods at high tide
Cost: Free
Anything else? The castle is a few hundred metres' walk north from the large car park, along the bay on a clear path then across the sandy, tidal causeway.

[Castle Tioram]

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